Downer House // 1906

This large Tudor mansion at 68 Amory Street in Brookline was built for Mr. Cutler Downer and his wife in 1906. The home was designed by Robert Coit, an architect based in the Boston area. Cutler Downer worked for Horatio Harris & Co., auctioneers and commission merchants in Boston and major developer of the Winter Hill section of Somerville, Mass, he was well connected with the city’s happenings. His son, Roswell C. Downer, was good friends with Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone in Boston. When Bell was looking for investors and capital to fund his project, he reached out to Roswell’s father Cutler, who declined, calling the telephone an “amusing toy”. Despite this, both his sons, Roswell and Frank, invested and were given telephone numbers #3 and #4!

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